Pakistan on top despite Warner ton

Warner, whose previous Test appearance against South Africa in March yielded hundreds in both innings, turned his 75 not out into 133 to prop up an otherwise disappointing innings from his side.

Having started the day on 113 without loss, and hoping to at least match Pakistan's 454, they were all out for 303.

With 13 overs possible before the close, Pakistan then reached 38 for nought - a lead of 189.

Warner and Chris Rogers started the day by adding 15 to their overnight stand, before the latter dragged a thick inside edge off Rahat Ali into his stumps.

Warner continued unflustered and reached his ninth Test ton by punching Imran Khan for an eighth four in 128 deliveries.

Alex Doolan's stay was less fluent, yielding five runs in 34 balls before he was run out by Rahat scrambling for an ill-judged single.

Pakistan had the door open and quickly added the key scalp of captain Michael Clarke, nudging a bat-pad catch to short leg to give Zulfiqar Babar his first wicket.

Despite his partners' struggles Warner was evidently seeing it well, stringing together a series of boundaries before lofting Mohammad Hafeez for six over mid-wicket.

Steve Smith came and went for 22 - sloppily handing Yasir Shah a maiden wicket, and it was the leg-spinner who finally ended Warner's stay.

It was a wonderful ball, turning and bouncing on its way clattering middle stump.

That left Australia on 207 for five and in need of a substantial knock from the lower middle order.

Brad Haddin hinted at one, with two fours and a six in his lively 22, before Imran Khan removed him with the new ball, while debutant Mitchell Marsh reached 27 by the time Zulfiqar snared him leg before on review.

Mitchell Johnson, potent as ever with the ball on day one, then propped up the tail, facing 62 balls and making 37 important runs before falling to a second run out of the day.

Peter Siddle was less effective, lbw for a duck to Hafeez, while Shah grabbed a third victim by deceiving Steve O'Keefe.

The innings lead stood at 151 and Australia were unable to end the day on a high as Azhar Ali (16no) and Ahmed Shehzad (22no) steered their way to stumps without major concerns.

  Australia's David Warner, pictured, hit his third successive Test century but Pakistan were on top in Dubai
Australia's David Warner, pictured, hit his third successive Test century but Pakistan were on top in Dubai